Heartfelt suggestions on our Valentine's list this week.
M Is All About: the trappings of love
Say it with gold
Tiffany & Co has launched a heart collection just in time for Valentine's Day that includes some of their classic Paloma Picasso pendants and Elsa Peretti designs. This filigree pendant caught our eye and it wasn't because it was the shiniest jewel in the shop. The fine white and rose gold colours, flower design and miniature key made our hearts melt. On closer inspection we noticed an even sweeter detail: each petal has a letter inside to spell out "Tiffany".
Price on request, Abu Dhabi Mall, 02 644 1182; Dubai Mall, 04 434 8350, and elsewhere
The key(-chain) to our hearts
There's nothing we'd love more than a little Lanvin this Valentine's - even if it is just a key fob. We adore this one of two dolls (decked out in matching red dresses, of course) sitting on top of Lanvin's classic "Arpege" fragrance. You won't need to worry about it getting scratched or broken; it is made of burnished metal and will withstand a good beating around your handbag.
Dh550, Lanvin, Dubai Mall, 04 330 8008, www.net-a-porter.com
Table for two
The Hilton Abu Dhabi is hosting a year-round exclusive table for two with the best view in town. A platform that extends 200 metres into the sea provides the perfect setting for your romantic dinner. The Dh3,999 deal includes a limousine pick-up to and from the hotel, boat transfer to the floating pontoon, four-course dinner, unlimited water and soft drinks along with a bottle of bubbly and wine. As there's only one table available, it's worth phoning in as early as possible to make your reservation.
The Hilton, Corniche Road, 02 681 1900
Of all of the words we know in the Arabic language, "hayati" (meaning "my life") is one of the best we've come across. It may sound cheesy in English but the word is used so casually here that we choose to adopt it as a term of endearment instead of "darling," "petal" or "sweetheart". The Beirut-based brand Falamank turned "hayati" into a diamond-encrusted, 18-carat gold bracelet; an easy go-with-anything piece with some local flavour.
Dh5,245, S*uce, Marina Mall, 02 681 8650; Village Mall, 04 344 7270; Dubai Mall, 04 344 7270
Wear your heart on your sleeve
Sending Valentine's Day cards, flowers, e-mails and texts are so last season, so what better way to declare your love to a special someone than wearing a T-shirt that says it all? The T-shirt Factory can print any personalised message - no matter how big or small - in a variety of colours and sizes for only Dh60. Go on, wear what you feel!
The T-shirt Factory can be found in Al Wahda Mall in Abu Dhabi. For Dubai branches call 04 323 2395 or visit tshirt-factory.galeon.com
The food of love
"There is no love sincerer than the love of food," wrote the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, and surely he must have been referring to the blissful indulgence that is chocolate. Whether it's milk, dark or filled with nuts or caramel, chocolate is known to contain the same chemical that is produced when you fall in love - phenylalanine. And for some, if not all, it is a reason to get up in the morning. Passionate about taste, the chocolate artisans at ChoCo'a know that chocolate and Valentine's Day are a perfect pairing and have created a range of Valentine's delights. Spoil the one you love with a decadent selection of chocolates, cakes and cookies.
Prices range from Dh20 for a box of four chocolates to Dh140 for a box of 28 chocolates. Deliveries available upon request. ChoCo'a, Marina Plaza Tower, Muroor Road, 02 628 2411; Al Barsha, behind Mall of the Emirates, 04 340 9092
You too can have a piece of the ChoCo'a pie as they are offering one lucky M reader a chance to win one of their Valentine's special arrangements of assorted chocolates. To enter the draw, simply e-mail your contact details to email@example.com with the word "ChoCo'a" in the subject line.
Let them eat cake
What better way to pamper someone - or even yourself - this Valentine's Day than with a box of indulgent treats? For the Rolls-Royce of cupcakes, Magnolia Bakery has created these vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla butter cream that spell out LOVE. Who needs Cupid when you can sink your teeth into this little box of pink naughtiness?! Hurry, stocks are limited.
LOVE cupcakes, Dh120 per box of six, Magnolia Bakery, Bloomingdales, Dubai Mall. 04 350 5440